(VENTURA, Calif. – May 5, 2014) — In honor of National Stroke Awareness Month, SCAN Health Education Center in Ventura is offering two free programs to help local seniors learn more about their risk for stroke and ways to prevent it. Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the number one cause of adult disability in the nation.
On Wednesday, May 21, SCAN will once again team up with Community Memorial Health Systems to offer StrokeAware, a free mini-stroke screening program that could save a life. StrokeAware screenings are offered as a prevention strategy to identify and educate those who are at risk. Participants have their blood pressure taken in both arms and are given EKG rhythm strip and carotid auscultation tests as well as non-fasting cholesterol and glucose tests. The free screenings will be offered (to new StrokeAware participants only) from 1 to 4 p.m. Appointments are required.
On Tuesday, May 27, at 10 a.m., SCAN will offer Eat to Beat Stroke, a health education program that will discuss nutrition strategies for stroke prevention. Food samples will be provided. There is no cost to attend but registration is required.
“We are pleased to once again offer stroke awareness programs to our community in honor of National Stroke Awareness Month,” said Steve Lehman, manager of the SCAN Health Education Center. “Seniors are encouraged to take advantage of these free screenings and learn more about their risks for stroke.”
A stroke, or "brain attack," occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When either of these things happens, brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost. These abilities include speech, movement and memory.
Both programs will take place at the SCAN Health Education Center, 6633 Telephone Rd., Suite 100, Ventura. For information or appointments, call 805-658-0365.
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